St. Helens Run

On April 13, the Amani Center held its 11th annual Race Against Child Abuse 5k run in St. Helens with record registration and participation.

It’s not too late to sign up to participate in the Amani Center’s Race Against Child Abuse (RACA) North, planned for June 29 in Clatskanie.

RACA North is an extension of the well-attended race that takes place every year in St. Helens, in an effort to reach out to North County.

“We’re trying to get more involvement and more outreach in Clatskanie and Rainier, because we don’t only serve South County – we serve North County, as well,” Beth Pulito, Amani’s Fundraising and Outreach Coordinator said.

On April 13, the Amani Center held its 11th annual Race Against Child Abuse 5k run in St. Helens with record registration and participation. After all registered runners were accounted for, it was found that 100 more participants turned out in 2019 than in 2018, with a total of 250 registrations tallied

This will be the third year for RACA North and, thus far, no one has registered to run in the North County race. Pulito said it is still in a growing phase and that this is a year in which the Amani Center is reevaluating if the race should continue to run in Clatskanie, or if the nonprofit should look for other opportunities to do outreach.

“Is this something the community really wants, or are we just assuming they do because the one down here is so successful?” Pulito asked, explaining the process the Amani Center is going through with their outreach endeavors.

Pulito said the center was originally approached by coordinators from Rainier’s Heritage Days with an opportunity to get involved. Holding the race in Clatskanie the last weekend in June, where Heritage Days begins to kick off in North County, seemed like a great opportunity to piggy-back off of something that already existed.

RACA North will kick off in Copes Park, where the Clatskanie Farmer’s Market is already being held, and adjacent to Clatskanie Park, where the classic car show will be featured the same day.

“There are other things going on that day, so if people are planning on going, they can maybe take their car and then come out and race while wait for the car show to begin, or attend the farmers market afterword,” Pulito said. “There’s a lot to do that day.”

All proceeds from RACA North go towards supporting the Amani Center, which is Columbia County’s non-profit child abuse assessment center.

Amani Center

Established in October of 2000, the community-based center offers forensic and medical evaluations and support services to alleged child victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, domestic violence, or have witnessed a violent crime.

In 2016, the Amani Center provided 160 Columbia County children with assessment services. By 2018, that number had spiked to 246, making the need for the Amani Center undeniable.

“We want to make sure the kids who are facing abuse, neglect, are witness to domestic violence – that all kids in Columbia County are getting that support,” Pulito said. “We want to make sure people across the county know we are here for them and we are a resource for them.”

The race

  • The 10k registration costs $50 and begins at 8 a.m.
  • The one-mile family fun walk/run costs $25 and begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • The 5k costs $40 and begins at 9 a.m.
  • To get a 10 percent discount, register with the promo code: STILLTIME19

To register for the race, visit www.itsyourrace.com.

Pulito said there is still ‘swag’ up for grabs for all participants, and every runner or walker will get finishers medals.

“We’re pretty good at taking care of our runners up in Clatskanie because there’s fewer of them. We always have good snacks,” Pulito said. “We would love to have their heartfelt support and financial contributions to support all of the kids that we help across Columbia County.”

For more information, contact Beth Pulito at 503-913-4476, or email bpulito@amanicenter.org.

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